Stephen Donald will start at inside centre for the Chiefs against the Stormers at Newlands on Saturday.
The 32-year-old replaces the injured Seta Tamanivalu and will partner Anton Lienert-Brown in the midfield.
In other changes to the backline, Sam McNicol starts ahead of Toni Pulu on the right wing and Brad Weber is back at scrumhalf.
With Liam Messam ineligible for the playoffs, Tom Sanders moves to No 8 and is joined in the back row by Taleni Seu and co-captain Sam Cane.
Chiefs – 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Sam McNicol, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Stephen Donald, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (c), 9 Brad Weber, 8 Tom Sanders, 7 Sam Cane (c), 6 Taleni Seu, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Atu Moli, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Kane Hames.
Subs: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, 18 Mitchell Graham, 19 Tevita Koloamatangi, 20 Lachlan Boshier, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Toni Pulu, 23 Shaun Stevenson.
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